J Blakeson In Talks to Direct HELL AND GONE, Based On the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; Jonah Nolan Writing the Screenplay

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Nobody can resist a good tragedy. In the wake of news regarding a film based on the trapped Chilean Miners comes word of a currently-in-development-motion picture based on the events surrounding the Great Chicago Fire, considered one of the biggest disasters in American history. J Blakeson, director of last year’s critically acclaimed The Disappearance of Alice Creed, is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the film, which is currently titled Hell and Gone. The extremely busy, and highly reputable, Jonah Nolan (co-writer of The Dark Knight), meanwhile, penned the screenplay which The Hollywood Reporter describes as “a Titanic-like historical tragedy and love story”.

Aside from Alice Creed, Blakeson also wrote the screenplay to The Descent: Part 2. Jonah Nolan finished the first draft of his screenplay to The Dark Knight Rises back in September, and has since been attached to numerous projects, including the sci-fi thriller Interstellar, which is currently in Hollywood limbo. Hit the jump for more.

I’m all for epic tragedies set against actual events – I was one of the supposed “few” that liked Titanic – but they have to be done in good taste or else you risk dishonoring the lives of those who passed away. That being said, the “Great” Chicago Fire of 1871 is a tragedy in the truest sense, one that very nearly wiped out the Windy City and resulted in the death of over 300 people. While such a site as the burning of Chicago may appear spectacular on the big screen, it’s important that those involved create a dramatic tone that honors the lives that were lost, without succumbing to blockbuster standards (something I felt James Cameron achieved with his magnum opus).

We don’t want another Pearl Harbor on our hands, right?  Saying that, with Jonah Nolan involved, I’m very curious.




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  • Anonymous

    Its about time. Johnathan Nolan has mentioned this project before. Apparently its a revenge story.

  • Christophercantos

    i hope he does re-writes for Man of Steel.

    i’m still not impress with Goyer unless the Nolans are there to re-write his scripts.

  • http://twitter.com/alnst Al Bukhari Nasution

    What will happen on brad bird’s 1906? the story is almost the same right?
    (and by the same studio too!)

    • Bigfiction

      I think the plug got pulled on that because the budget was creeping higher and higher. He took MI: IV shortly after and I always assumed he would have the option to go back to it if MI made some big money and was good. Guess not, which is a shame because I think Bird has a lot of amazing things to show us as he steps outside of animation. 1906 would definitely have been one of them, as I’m sure MI is going to turn out really well.

  • http://www.flicksandbits.com dee8

    amped for this, The Disappearance of Alice Creed was great

  • P_gittleman

    Does this mean were going to have a two-hundred year old man in modern times that survived the fire? Little Big Man 2? Sounds like it could be fun, but really bad in the wrong hands. Thankfully, Jonathan Nolan’s hands are big enough for us all.
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